CPU safety solution for smaller applications

20 June 2014

HIMA has expanded its HIMax safety system product line, with the addition of a new CPU developed for small and mid-range safety applications.

Announced in late 2013, the X-CPU 31 module is now available worldwide, complementing the HIMax system family for safe and nonstop plant operation.
While the original HIMax system – which features the X-CPU 01 and separate system bus module – remains the a good solution for high-level safety applications, it is smaller applications that stand to benefit from the new X-CPU 31, which now integrates all functions of the system bus module. With system bus and CPU functions on one module, the X-CPU 31 makes the HIMax nonstop safety system even more scalable and adaptable to specific applications. The results for users are said to include lower investment costs, improved flexibility and the availability of more I/O module slots.
The new CPU supports all HIMax functions and can be seamlessly integrated into the HIMax system family. With proven, safe communication via safeethernet, the new CPU is also ideal for distributed structures.
In 2008 HIMA introduced HIMax (SIL 3), designed to provide uninterrupted system operation throughout the entire life of the plant, while maximizing plant availability, productivity and safety. The system provides for unlimited online changes, online modifications and expansions, as well as online upgrades and even regulatory proof testing. More than 900 HIMax systems with more than 500,000 programmed input and output signals have been delivered to protect the plants of the world's largest companies in the oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and power generation industries.

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